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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights

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New York Helicopter Tour Manhattan Highlights
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From $239.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 12 to 15 minutes
  • Flight time: 12 to 15 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

See New York City’s breathtaking skyline and the many iconic sights of the city on this helicopter flight. Soar over the Big Apple with an exclusive sightseeing tour of the Manhattan skyline and beyond, including the Empire State Building and Central Park, plus the Statue of Liberty. A variety of departure times are available throughout the day to fit into almost any schedule.
  • Enjoy a helicopter sightseeing tour over Manhattan
  • Choose from multiple departure times
  • Experience breathtaking aerial views
  • See iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building and Central Park

What's Included

  • Shared Helicopter Flight (shared experience with other travelers)
  • Live commentary on board, Floor to ceiling windows, Climate controlled cabin
  • Heliport Landing and Facility Fees
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • HeliNY - Downtown Manhattan Heliport
    6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004, USA

    Check-in is 30 minutes before your flight time. We are located at 6 East River Piers, New York, NY 10004. The heliport is a large gray cement building with a big clock on the front. Please let security know you are flying with Helicopter Flight Services and they will direct you to our staff.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your flight over Manhattan begins at your preferred time; numerous departure slots are available throughout the day, so you can pick the one that fits your busy sightseeing schedule best.

Make your own way to the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, meet your pilot, and hop aboard. With a maximum of only four other passengers, this shared flight offers a much more affordable option than a private flight, while still providing a personalized experience.

Then, without delay, take to the skies. Enjoy a comfortable ride in the climate-controlled cabin, while floor-to-ceiling windows offer the best possible viewing experience. Fly over the Big Apple and see a perspective on the city that few others get to experience. As you soar over landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and Brooklyn Bridge, learn more from your pilot’s on-board commentary.

Your flight will last between 12-15 minutes: enough time to see the best of the city. Alternatively, upgrade to the Ultimate Manhattan package for an extended 17-20-minute flight. Your experience ends after touching down at your original departure point.

HeliNY (Pass By)

Statue of Liberty (Pass By)

Ellis Island (Pass By)

The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum (Pass By)

MetLife Building (Pass By)

Intrepid Museum (Pass By)

Chrysler Building (Pass By)

Central Park (Pass By)

Empire State Building (Pass By)

Brooklyn Bridge (Pass By)

Brookfield Place (Pass By)

Greenwich Village (Pass By)

Manhattan Skyline (Pass By)

Rockefeller Center (Pass By)

New York Harbor (Pass By)

The Seaport (Pass By)

Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex (Pass By)

One World Trade Center (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Total weight per passenger: 275 lbs
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers weighing more than 275 lbs (124 kg) may be unable to fly. If passengers require a seat belt extender they will not be able to attend.
  • A current, valid, government-issued photo ID is required on the day of travel
  • All bags are subject to inspection. Complimentary lockers are available to hold belongings while flying
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 2 must sit in an adults lap at no charge.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Ian_T
Absolutely fantastic. Well worth the money. Went early evening and the scenery was spectacular. My daughter got to sit next to the pilot and got some brilliant video footage. The staff were very professional and friendly.

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Great way to see all of NY in minutes!
Pasha_C, Feb 2024
Staff all friendly and pilot knowledgeable and professional.. very smooth operation .. even with a nervous flyer..who within minutes felt totally safe and secure!
Awesome experience
Christopher_L, Feb 2024
It was a Spectacular view of the city, our pilot was very friendly and we had the best experience for our first time in a helicopter ride.
Great experience
Nicola_C, Feb 2024
Excellent way to see the whole city and get a real feel for the size of New York. Was fun and exciting and made our trip something we will never forget. Only complaint is I couldn’t really here the pilot when he was telling us what we were looking at but I would still recommend.
Not bad
Raphael_M, Feb 2024
Overall, the helicopter ride was a positive experience, but I find it somewhat overpriced. My main concern is that instead of a comprehensive circular route around Manhattan, the flight followed the coastline twice, covering limited sights and providing only about 7 minutes of noteworthy views.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your honest feedback. Our pricing falls in line with the industry standard. The City of New York has strict regulations on the Helicopter Tourism Industry that does not allow us to fly over any part of New York City. All of our tours fly above the Hudson River and New York Harbor. Our tours fly between 1500ft and 2000ft.
Awesome Views
Richard_C, Jan 2024
Fantastic helicopter flight with my wife and teenage son past Liberty and along the length of Manhattan taking in all of the famous landmarks along the way. Mike our friendly pilot gave a great commentary along the route. The process from arrival through to the safety briefings and the flight itself was efficient and professional.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so happy to hear the flight was so wonderful. Thank you for choosing us at HeliNY!
First time in helicopter,...
Ivan_V, Jan 2024
First time in helicopter, and it was breathtaking! Definitely something you must try in NY! Absolutely stunning experience! Would reccomend 100%!!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your recommendation, Ivan and for choosing us at HeliNY!
Excellent experience!
KONSTANTINOS_S, Jan 2024
Very nice experience!Everything just as the details they have given!On time,nice heli!I strongly recommend!!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so glad you enjoyed your flight with us at HeliNY!
Excellent
Ian_T, Jan 2024
Absolutely fantastic. Well worth the money. Went early evening and the scenery was spectacular. My daughter got to sit next to the pilot and got some brilliant video footage. The staff were very professional and friendly.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so happy the flight was so awesome for you and your family. Thank you for flying with us at HeliNY, Ian!
Slick operation from...
Lorraine_D, Dec 2023
Slick operation from arrival to departure. First class will be definitely be back for more. Xxxxxxxxxx
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for flying with us, Lorraine!
Fabulous!
Ruth_S, Dec 2023
Amazing from start to finish. The original flight was cancelled due to poor weather. We rebooked the following day. No issues. Speedy and smooth check in. Amazing views! Lovely staff. Couldn’t fault.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are glad to hear we could accommodate your flight after the bad weather. Thanks for flying with HeliNY, Ruth!
Amazing experience, reassuring for any nervous person.
Gillian_R, Dec 2023
Very welcoming and reassuring from the moment we arrived. All staff were friendly and looked after nervous fliers like myself. Safety was foremost at all times. Flight was amazing fabulous views. Would definately recommend.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so glad to hear our downtown staff could provide a top notch experience!
Stunning experience
Hans_G, Dec 2023
Stunning! Splendid views, the experience of flying in a helicopter over Manhattan is simply lovely! Too short, but unforgettable!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We agree! The experience is unparalleled. Thank you for flying with us at HeliNY!
Best thing ever
Joseph_B, Dec 2023
One of the best experiences of my life. I had the pleasure of being in the cockpit with the pilot Brendan who was great fun & knowledgable. He made us all feel safe during the trip. Couldn’t recommend this enough! The weather was perfect and we could see for 100 miles. I got engaged in the morning and had booked this as a surprise for my fiancé.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so honored to be a part of your special engagement day! Thank you for choosing us at HeliNY!
Manhattan skyline helicopter ride
Jane_k, Dec 2023
20 minutes over Manhattan skyline. Informative commentary and smooth operation from start to finish.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so glad to hear the flight was great. Thank you for joining us at HeliNY, Jane!
Very expensive and wouldn’t recommend.
Caroline_B, Dec 2023
Honestly the most disappointing part of our trip. The helicopter ride was definitely not worth the money. The recorded transcript onboard pointed out landmarks on the way out and promised that if it wasn’t your side you would see them on the return journey. Once on our return the transcript talked about other areas. We landed and I had no idea of what I’d seen. We paid £1000 for 4 of us. Not worth it in my opinion.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are sorry to hear that your experience did not live up to expectation. Our pilots do their best to point out the major sites and answer your questions, but their main focus is to keep you safe in the air. Please email us with the details of your flight so we may discuss this experience further: Info@heliny.com
A must do in NYC!
Adriana_M, Dec 2023
Overall a great experience! Very friendly staff welcoming the guests and giving clear directions on safety and the trip.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for joining us at HeliNY!
Memorable
GIUSEPPE_L, Dec 2023
Memorable and super safe experience. From the check in to the boarding process and the entire flight. We loved it all! Definitely worthwhile doing after sunset to enjoy the lights of the city.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so glad to hear the night flight was spectacular. Thank you for joining us at HeliNY!
Highlight of our holiday!
Rebecca_S, Dec 2023
Amazing to view the city from the perspective of the sky! Obviously the weather can’t be predicted, especially in the winter months, but we got amazing weather and the helicopter trip was the highlight of our New York holiday!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so glad to hear the flight was the highlight of your holiday. Thank you for joining us at HeliNY, Rebecca!
One off the bucket list
Ade_P, Dec 2023
Dealt with professionally and courteously, very good. 💥💥💥💥💥 Wife's 1st time in a helicopter znd she loved it 👍
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We are so happy to hear that the flight was top notch. Thank you for joining us at HeliNY, Ade!
Amazing helicopter experience over NYC
Ann_J, Dec 2023
Fantastic first class experience. Pilot gave an excellent commentary during the flight and the views were amazing. Would definitely recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
We love to hear that the flight and commentary were excellent. Thank you for joining us at HeliNY, Ann!
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